Well Folks it has been a year since I first started writing a plus size fashion blog for www.plussize.co.uk. To celebrate the occasion and to thank all my friends (who have all been a tremendous support throughout) I hosted a Garden Party at my home in Co Donegal, Ireland.
I wore this wonderful black lace overlay dress from Long Tall Sally. You will have seen this dress before in a previous blog post. This time I have dressed up the look. I am wearing a custom made hat made by Audrey Doherty (who is an Irish Milliner now based back home in Co Donegal, Ireland but who has previously worked and trained in London). My hair and make-up was done by Fusion Hairdesign, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal.
As you can see this twist on The Little Black Dress has done the job. I felt very well dressed and very comfortable throughout the entire day. Since I first introduced this dress to you I have laundered it and I can tell you that the care of this dress is simple. To launder this dress successfully first turn it inside out. I put the dress into my washing machine on a delicate wash cycle (I used Woolite liquid wash) and then spun it. I then draped the dress over my clothes airer. When the dress was dry I did not have to iron it. I turned it back the right way again and hung it up in the wardrobe until I needed to wear it to the Garden Party. So here is yet another plus to add to the list of positives about this dress – it is genuinely a no fuss and easy care dress.
We had an absolutely fabulous day and were extremely lucky with the weather. I had a marquee in my Garden (which was put up the previous day) and after it was put up the heavens opened and it rained very heavily all night and into most of the early afternoon. We were so very lucky that the rain stopped at around 2.30pm ish and we could all go outside and enjoy the sunshine. The one thing I would say about Garden Parties in general is to wear either a flat or wedge shoe. I posed about in my nude heels (as I didn’t have a suitable pair of nude wedges) but had to keep changing my shoes to flats to cross the gravel areas and to stand around on the grass. Heels in these conditions are not practical.
My friend Vero who runs a cake business called Ivy House Cakes made this spectacular cake to celebrate.
I love cooking and entertaining. The Event would not have been such a success without the help of my friends who also helped with the catering.
Our menu for the day –
Drinks and canapes on arrival
In the Marquee a selection of quiches and salads, which also included a selection of Italian Artisan breads followed by apple tart with custard and a berry fruit salad with homemade strawberry icecream for dessert. The meal ended with Tea and a piece of this wonderful cake creation by Vero.
My friend Susan made the quiches, Patricia made the apple tart, and Siobhan (who runs her own business making Irish and Italian Artisan Breads – Santoni Bakery) made a selection of breads to accompany the salads and cheeses.
I cannot thank all my friends enough. I also owe a special thank you to 5 of these ladies who became my Focus Group for the future direction and redesign of www.plussize.co.uk. Their input and business perspective all helped me in the redesign and layout of the website and in the business’s future direction. These ladies also run their own businesses and it was fantastic to get their perspectives on my business and what I was trying to achieve. There is definitely a very special synergy that can be achieved by brainstorming and working with other women in business especially as they all bring very different and unique skills to the fore. A special thank you therefore goes out to Siobhan Corr (Santoni Bakery), Paula Griffin (Perfect Pictures), Laura Radcliffe (Angelmazz Jewellery), Maura Doran (Yellow Jersey Communication) and Olive Devine (model at VPlus Models).
Here are a few pictures taken on the day.
The full story of my journey with www.plussize.co.uk will be covered by Local Women Magazine in their July edition and will have more photos of everyone on the day. A huge huge thank you to all. Until next Thursday 26th June 2014 when I will talk about my year at www.plussize.co.uk in full.